The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, or ALCS, has had a long association with Doctor Who and its writers.
From current Whovian novelists such as Jenny Colgan to classic serial writers such as Bob Baker and Philip Martin, and throughout ‘The Wilderness years’ with writers such as Steve Lyons many have benefited from membership to the society
“ALCS has paid out almost £285,000 to writers for Doctor Who-related work. Remarkably, over £50,000 of that total was distributed during the period the show was off-air.”
By way of a big Happy Birthday the society have collected a myriad of thoughts and stories from a selection of Doctor Who’s finest and posted it to their web page.
The recollections are, as you would expect, a joy to read. Ranging from perfectionist Jon Pertwee getting, shall we say, a firm speaking to for wanting to re shoot a sequence at the end of The Claws of Axos on the grounds that ‘he hadn’t pressed the buttons on the Tardis in the right order for take off’ to Philip Martin discovering he had won the award for ‘campest line ever in Doctor Who’ (I’ll give you a clue, its from Vengeance on Varos‘) to replies regarding extravagant scenes and items in scripts received from script editor Terrance Dicks including such pearls as: “Can’t do that. We’re not MGM you know” and “We’ve had to invent a machine to do what you’ve asked for”.
Every snippet on the page is a dream come true for fans old and new alike and are guaranteed to raise a grin at the very least. A fitting tribute not only to the show, but to the men and women responsible for creating 50 years of adventures acorss a variety of mediums.
Once you have checked it all out remember to pop back for a chat about some of your favourite bits, either mentioned or remembered from other sources, you know how we love a buzzing comment section.